Professional Development for Art Teachers

Professional Development flyer

Title: Full STEAM Ahead with Tree SmART
Date:  Saturday, March 16, 2013
Time:  10am – 1pm
Cost:  $35 (3 professional development hours w/ certificate)
Instructor:  June Julian
Refreshments will be provided

Description: Art teachers have challenged the recent STEM initiative that emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in the K-12 classroom, to also include Art. The Tree SmART workshop will provide experiences in ways that teachers can incorporate these new STEAM principles into the art classroom using trees as a theme. They will complete two SmART tree projects that integrate technology, science and math that they can take back and use in their classroom.

Activities: Participants will be introduced to various Internet resources including the STEAM Web site, the Tree Ring Institute, and the New Jersey Big Tree Program. They will engage in hands-on activities that may be adapted for all grade levels to incorporate design thinking and problem solving. Viewing tree cross- sections as source material, they will assess annual rings for type, age, environmental factors and visual patterns. They will create radial composition drawings that may be further developed later in other media. Small groups will work collaboratively using the steps in the Engineering Design Process to plan and test their prototype for a walking labyrinth inspired by their selected tree ring configuration. They will understand the mathematical methods used by the New Jersey Tree Program to nominate state champions, and using the Big Tree Guide, will research ones that are near their homes and schools.

Bio: June Julian, Ed.D., is an exhibiting visual artist and art educator. With extensive teaching experience in both the K-12 classroom and in the graduate Art & Design Education program at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Dr. Julian has widely championed her commitment to the integration of Internet technologies in Ecology Art Education. She has presented her work at numerous professional conferences and workshops, and has published her research in Art Education. Her paintings, lithographs and fiber pieces address various ecology themes including vanishing corals, rising tides, and deforestation.

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